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We recorded our third album at Loveland Recording in Philly on 2" tape with a full band and are raising money for its distribution.
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We are raising $10,000 to self release our new album Hooky.  We are operating as an independent record label and will be using the money to:

Make CDs / Vinyl / Cassettes / T-shirts / Tote Bags / Buttons + Stickers

Hire a Publicist to promote the album and do a radio campaign

Book a US / European tour + beyond!

Hire Artists to Make Album Artwork / Press Photos / Music Videos 

Limited Edition Hand Made George Clooney Picture Disk made by Lathecuts.com
Limited Edition Hand Made George Clooney Picture Disk made by Lathecuts.com

This is our third album and we have done everything from record and release our albums to booking tours in 8 countries on our own!  We appreciate the business side of music and enjoy the hard work it takes to become successful.  Each album we have released has been a positive fulfilling experience.  We have steadily grown our fan base, and played some pretty epic shows.  We have even been covered by international press outlets such as CMT, BBC, and Noisey!

We have already invested a lot of our own money and of course time and love into the band.  We support the crowd sourcing release model and know that we couldn't do this without your help.  We had a successful Kickstarter campaign back in 2010 to fund our second album "The Future".  We have spent the past 5 years putting our heart and soul into this and building the foundation to release a successful 3rd album!

This Frontier Needs Heroes have spent the past 5 years playing shows all over the world.  Just Brad and Jessica with a guitar and a tambourine, and their voices, logging thousands of miles in their car, touring the greatest cities of North America and Europe, selling one record at a time, making one fan at a time. This determination and DIY ethos brought them on an epic journey around the world, playing in clubs, houses, and festival stages.  

After two successful albums under their belt in which they explored their stripped down alternative folk arrangements, This Frontier Needs Heroes decided to try something different. The name of the band, a reference to Woody Guthrie’s famous WWII-era guitar graffiti “This Machine Kills Fascists” didn’t just apply to its core members Brad and Jessica Lauretti, but it’s also an invitation for everyone to become a hero in their own right.  

Their new album Hooky, recorded in the summer of 2012 on 2 inch analog tape at Dr. Dog’s studio in Philadelphia with the help of Loveland Recording’s Nathan Sabatino, was made with the contribution of a full band, making Hooky their most richly realized and, yes, hookiest album to date.  

Brad and Jessica’s harmonies and vocal interplay, a key ingredient in their sound, are preserved, but the inclusion of additional band members — including players from O’Death’s David Rogers-Berry (drums) and Robert Pycior (violin), The Blank Tapes’ Matt Adams (electric guitar), Golden Boots’ Nathan Sabatino (organ), bassist Turner Stough and sitarist Arvid Smith — brings a breadth and depth to their already rich and elaborate sound.

Just adding more members wasn’t the only change for the band. They experienced a change in geography, with Brad leaving Brooklyn and moving to Jacksonville, FL to work at a music venue while Jessica stayed in Brooklyn to focus on film/video projects. The change in latitude provided some challenges, but also a lot of new opportunities.   While living in cities 1,000 miles away, they both did their final overdubs remotely, and would email and layer their individual tracks.  That technique creates the albums hazy and reverent beauty which is an integral part of its aesthetic.

 That sound fits well with the lyrical content that conjures a range of images- sandy beaches, warm afternoons spent on the family farm, and varying conundrums of human culture.   TFNH’s songs are both whimsical and heartfelt, reflective and uplifting. Even as the band’s sound has grown, their core of vivid, memorable and authentic songwriting has remained.

Lead track “Hooky” acts as a double entendre, touching in its swinging, catchy melody and a critique of those leading an inauthentic life — they’re playing hooky on themselves by not doing what they are meant to do.  "George Clooney” is a charmingly plainspoken ballad about the ubiquity of loneliness and the attendant desire for escapism, but the necessity to resist. It was inspired by reading an article about how George Clooney was arrested for standing up for what he believes in.  The pondering strings of “Down on the Farm” help spin a narrative that grieves for the ghosts of a bygone era while searching for a lifetime love in the present. “It’s Over Now” mourns for a broken relationship, over staccato drums while finding a surprisingly natural place for sitar in a folk composition. 

On “Now Is the Time,” the heroes take a cheerfully Neitzschean outlook on life, singing “When she wakes up / I pray to a god I know is not above me / When she wakes up / I pray to a god I know is now within me / For now is the time.” “Lonely Swedish Girl” finds the narrator yearning for a love who’s simply too far away to reach – literally.  On “Sometimes Things Just Don’t Work Out,” the universal experience of mourning a relationship is related in clear harmony with unexpected phrasing and musical composition.  But the sadness is swept away on foot-stomping closer “She’s Gonna Be a Lot of Trouble.” Sure, we know he may wind up exactly where the previous song left off, but as he sings, “who would I rather get it from than her?”

Hooky evokes the full complexity of the human experience while it shines and shimmers like the sun off of those end of summer waves. 

Every little bit helps and we appreciate everything we have been able to do and every donation that's been made so THANKS!  

We couldn't do this without you!!!

Risks and challenges

The album is recorded, mastered and ready to go to press.

We have invested the past 5 years in this band and are ready to put everything into this release! We are both professionals working in the media + music industries and have the background it takes to succeed.

Everything is on schedule to achieve our goals - all we need is the financial backing! The only risk is if we don't reach our goal we won't be able to proceed with the albums release on the professional scale we are committed too.

Making creative content takes time, money and a team! Sometimes with all the moving parts deadlines can be postponed and pushed back - especially when working on a low budget / indie scale. We have made successful music videos and band merch before so we know the hundreds of steps necessary to accomplish those tasks. We have already started the album artwork and shot the first singles music video! We have the wheels in motion for more of those kinds of projects to be completed for the albums Aug 27 release.

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